Sunday, July 25, 2010

TSS: Live, from New York..

... it's Sunday morning! Corny, I know, but let's blame it in on the humidity. It's a hot, muggy, sticky morning in New York City. Perfect museum weather. Our itinerary includes the (air-conditioned) Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters, and, with luck, the Tenement Museum. I'd like to find time for Housingworks Bookstore, too.

On the reading front, I finished The Last of Cheri, and will post a review later this week. I'll definitely keep an eye out for more titles by Colette today.

Paris in July continued with "Farewell" by Guy de Maupassant, my Short Story Monday offering. A Year in Japan, my warm up act for The Japanese Literature Challenge 4, was featured on Thursday.

My current read is the Persephone Classic Mariana by Monica Dickens (great-granddaughter of Charles). I'm just under 100 pages in, but it is proving to be an ideal summer read.

My husband agreed to let me continue listening to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot during part of our drive yesterday. Have I mentioned what a wonderful book this is? I'm impressed with the author's extensive research, but just love how it's all put together in an incredibly readable (listenable?) manner. This is one fascinating book!

Hope you're all enjoying the weekend.... and staying cool!


  1. Sounds like a fabulous Sunday to me! I hope you are able to visit the Tenement museum and Housingworks Bookstore --- I would love to hear your review of both of them.

  2. Museums are the perfect activity for weather like this. I think it has been the hottest July I can ever remember up here in Indiana. I've sweat so much I should weigh ten pounds. Have fun and let us know what goodies you come away with after shopping!

  3. I've never heard of the Tenement sounds fascinating!

  4. What a wonderful weekend you have planned in New York! Lucky thing! Those books sound fabulous too - I can't wait to hear your thoughts on them!

  5. What a lovely weekend - books and museums and a bookstore - all with your husband. You're a lucky woman.

  6. Museums and The Housingworks Bookstore? What a lovely day you have planned! Stay cool and enjoy your stay in NYC.

  7. Enjoy the museums--I'm curious about the Tenement museum also. And yours is the second blog I've read today to promote Housingworks Bookstore! Happy happy browsing!

  8. Hope you make it to the Housingworks Bookstore - they are having a July fiction sale (dangerous, but fun!)

    Hope you have a great visit!

  9. Yay for New York! Have fun. :)

  10. I enjoyed reading Mariana a couple of months back! Hope you enjoy it too - you're right about it being a good summer read.

    By the way, am super-envious : didn't spend half as much time as I'd've liked to at the Met last time I was in New York. And, due to health reasons, by trip to the States has been canceled for this year. :( Hope you've put aside ample time for it, and enjoy it thoroughly!!

  11. The weather changed overnight and it was an enjoyable 75 today!! Your plans for the day sound wonderful..hope you enjoyed your time!

  12. JoAnn...hope you had a nice time in NYC. What a great hub, mine really hates having to listen to an audio book I'm already into. I really have to bribe him to have him agree...LOL

  13. Molly - We never did get to the Tenement Museum and that will, unfortunately, be my last visit to the city this year :-( Housingworks Bookstore Cafe was fabulous though!

    Nymeth - Thanks, we did... just wish there had been more time!

    Sandy - It was 104 degrees on the car thermometer when we arrived at the hotel Saturday! Turns out we weren't the only ones with the 'museum idea' for Sunday.

    Softdrink - Never made it to the Tenement Museum, but it will be first on the agenda next time.

    Bookssnob - Looks like you'll be enjoying some weekends in New York for yourself very shortly!

    Margot - We even got to spend quite a bit of time with our oldest daughter. It was an excellent weekend!

    Gavin - Thankfully, a rainstorm Sunday afternoon cooled things off quite a bit. Before that it was pretty uncomfortable!

    DS - We ran out of time before getting to the Tenement Museum (could have used more time at The Met as well). Housingworks would be good for hours of browsing!

  14. Booksnyc - We went to Housingworks on Saturday only to find that they had closed at 5! I didn't think anything closed that early in NY.. we did go back Sunday morning though.

    Vivienne - It was a great time!

    Amanda - We did. I don't think I'd ever run out of things to do and see in New York!

    Anothercookiecrumbles - Yours was one of the reviews that convinced me to read Mariana! We didn't allow nearly enough time at the Met... there is so much to see! I'm sorry your trip has been cancelled. Hope it will work out for you another time.

    Staci - It finally cooled off a little Sunday afternoon. Our daughter ended up staying at the hotel with us... no AC in her dorm!

    Becky - Thanks, we did!

    Diane - I guess he was just trying to be accommodating on the way down (we were celebrating my b-day), but asked if we could PLEASE not listen to the audiobook on the way home. :-(

  15. Have a fantastic time in New York! And kudos to getting your hubby to agree to finish listening to your audiobook. I never have such luck. :P

  16. Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday. I hope you had a great time. I've heard Henrietta Lacks is a good book- can't wait to hear your final thoughts on it.

  17. I haven't been to NYC since the late 90's, and, I might add, I'd prefer your lake spot (terribly lonesome for my get-away to the Northwoods this year, which didn't happen). Still, there's much to be enjoyed on your vacation, and I hope you savor it all.

  18. Sorry it was so hot -- we had two solid months of 100+ degree weather last summer in Texas, so I feel your pain. (It's been much milder this year, only the mid-90s. Ha!) I also have a copy of Mariana which I'm hoping to start soon -- I've finished Miss Pettigrew and loved it.

    I've also given you a Versatile Blogger Award! If you have time, visit my blog and take a look.

  19. Trish - He wasn't quite so agreeable about listening to my audiobook on the way home, but I'll still keep him ;-)

    Darlene - The HeLa book is just fascinating. I have very little audiobook time in the summer, so it's not going nearly as quickly as I'd like.

    Bellezza - I have to say that I prefer the lake to the city, too. The prime attraction for me this summer has been my daughter :-)

    Karen - I'd never last in Texas, lol! Thanks so much for the award... I'll be right over to check it out.


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